Who is the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time? Most sports columnists would say Clay/Ali. Do you agree? If not, who do you pick, and what's your rationale? I say Jim Jeffries. He got his a$$ kicked by Jack Johnson, but then again, Jeffries by this time was an old man coming off retirement. It would have been a miracle had he won (though of course white America would dearly have loved the victory). The fact that a stuffed shirt like Jess Willard beat an excellent boxer like Johnson when Johnson himself was an old fart tells a strong tale about what happens when a boxer is past his prime. That being said, I think a prime Jeffries versus a prime Johnson would have been a much more even match, and I pick Jeffries to win it, not because he's white, but just because I think he's better. I also think if Ali tried to pull some fancy trash-talk on Jeffries in the ring, Jeffries would have buried his entire arm inside Ali's chest and ripped his heart out for acting like a moron. Jeffries also has the size and height to be a devastating force even in today's fight game. If Jeffries were black, he wouldn't be considered a villain by books and magazines. If people know of him today, it's because he's the "racist" who got beaten by Johnson. Just like Schmeling is the "racist" who got beaten by Louis.